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Thank you and Happy Holidays

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All of us at HomeCarereontheWeb wish you and your family the very best at this special festive time of the year and for the bright New Year ahead. We wanted to thank our owners for all their support and kind referrals and let you all know that without you, our continued growth and success could not have been possible. So a big thank you to you all!

As a token of seasonal goodwill, we’ve entered all our owners’ names into our New Year’s Draw, with the following super prizes on offer:

 

1st prize – 3 months’ free management

2nd prize – 2 months’ free management

3rd prize – 1 month’s free management

 

Please access your Owner’s Area to find out more details about the Draw.

We have also been collecting toys for the Alhaurin Orphanage to make their kids’ Christmas special and a big thank you to all our staff for their generous donations. During the year we have also been raising money for this great charity and will be donating a PlayStation, XBox and TV with a selection of educational games for the children to enjoy this Christmas and for the rest of the year.

If you aren’t an owner yet, but would like to find out about our Property Management services on the Costa del Sol, and how we can help you get rental clients and earn income on your property, please contact us today for a quote.

Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!!

Yours festively,

The HomeCareontheWeb team

Spain crowns a new king

Coat_of_Arms_of_Spanish_Monarch.svgThe biggest news to come from Spain for many years was the abdication of the former king after nearly 40 years on the throne. Prince Felipe of Spain has now been officially crowned and the former king hopes that his son will “open a new era of hope” in a country reeling from “a long and deep economic crisis that has left serious scars in the social fabric.” What, if anything will this change of leadership mean for Spain and will it be a good thing for those of us with property in Spain, or businesses here?

Looking for reaction across the different media, there’s an overall positive view of the change of leadership. The expectations are that the fabric of the monarchy will stay largely unchanged, but that a younger and more business-focused king may be able to prove the unifying power of the monarchy to support the government to keep Spain together and come out of the crisis which has beset it for so many years.

An interesting article from Business Week states that he will probably be most effective at international liaison and also to try to get the central government and Catalonia to talk, as he speaks Catalan. Although they don’t believe the change will affect businesses in Spain.

What’s certain is that he needs to prove the relevance of the monarchy and bring it into the 21st Century and in his opening speech he started to do that by stressing the importance of the monarchy. “The independence of the Crown, its political neutrality and its wish to embrace and reconcile the different ideological standpoints enable it to contribute to the stability of our political system, facilitating a balance with the other constitutional and territorial bodies, promoting the orderly functioning of the State and providing a channel for cohesion among Spaniards. These political values are essential for our coexistence, and for the organisation and development of our life in common.” Read the full speech here

This is certainly a new kind of King and Queen, he is Georgetown University-educated and former Olympic sailor and she is a divorced former journalist and the first non-royal to become Queen of Spain. Dubbed the “hipster queen”, her popularity has risen and she supports children’s rights, culture and education and is a figurehead for Spanish designers. It will be interesting to see how their influence affects this fantastic country.

The Art Newspaper believes that it will be a good thing for the country’s arts and culture as the Prince gave his first public speech after his abdication at a cultural awards ceremony and he is the founder of the Prince of Asturias Foundation which supports annual awards promoting culture, sport, humanities and sciences. 

From our point of view, as business owners in the tourism sector, the amazing amount of press coverage which the Royals are receiving, at the start of the important summer season will certainly help to further raise the profile of Spain in the minds of the International community. This should make people think about holidaying in Spain and  boost visitor numbers for holiday rental villas, potentially from less traditional markets such as the USA.

Having a younger, “cooler” royalty, should mean a much higher level of media interest in the more lifestyle press for years to come and we hope that they will travel around and grace the Costa del Sol with their presence and shine even more of a light onto this fantastic area. Hopefully the new king will do as his father intended and mark an end of this period of financial crisis and the start of a new era. A change is as good as a rest as they say, so let’s see what the next 40 years has in store!

Learning Spanish – At the Bank

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One stressful thing to have to attempt in Spanish is financial transactions, as it really matters that you say the correct phrases. Thankfully on the Costa del Sol we have a number of banks which particularly cater for the expatriate population and speak many languages, such as Solbank, and then branches of familiar UK banks which specifically cater for us Brits, such as Barclays.

 

However, if you find yourself somewhere without an English speaking bank and need to do simple tasks such as changing money, here are some phrases to help.

AT THE BANK

Which counter do I go to to change money? ¿Debo ir a quél caja para cambiar el dinero?
I would like to change some travellers’ cheques, please. Quiero cambiar algunos cheques de viaje, por favor.
Is there commission? ¿Hay comisión?
What’s the exchange rate for Pounds Sterling? ¿Qué está el tipo de cambio por la libra esterlina?
Where do I have to sign? ¿Adónde debo firmar?
What is today’s date? ¿Qué es la fecha hoy?
What time does the bank open? ¿A qué hora abre el banco?
What time does the bank close? ¿A qué hora cierra el banco?

 

We can help you with many different aspects of holidaying on the Costa del Sol, from holiday rental properties in Marbella and all along the coast, to useful guides on the area and we can answer your holiday rental questions so please just ask. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Estepona Holiday Property

 

EsteponaFeatured Property – 2 bed holiday apartment Estepona

 

We have a two bedroom apartment overlooking La Resina Golf course, 10 minutes from Estepona. As well as two spacious bedrooms, there’s a great lounge/dining area opening out onto a south facing terrace for al-fresco dining and beautiful views overlooking the golf course to the Mediterranean sea. To make this even more attractive, there is a special discount for stays longer than 14 days, and the rental rates are very competitive.

Estepona Holiday Property – Why holiday in Estepona?

Estepona is a great town, within easy reach both of Gibraltar and Malaga airports, which has a lovely relaxed Spanish atmosphere and lots to see and do. Well known for its long stretches of wide sandy beaches which can be almost empty and lots of great chiringuitos (beach restaurants), it’s a family favourite, which has amazing playgrounds stretching all along the seaside promenade. Kids and parents will love Selwo Safari Park to see the animals, and you’re not far from Gibraltar and a trip to see the monkeys, or do a whale watching adventure!

It has a pretty old town, with small winding streets with colourful plants in pots, hidden squares with inviting cafes and lots to explore. There’s also a great bar and restaurant scene and always something going on. Check out our Estepona guide here for more information on this great location and other excellent holiday rental properties.

Who won our free prize draw?

Find out who won 5 free nights of luxury accommodation during the Volvo World MatchPlay Championships in Spain this fall…

As a company, we’re always doing more than most Costa del Sol holiday rental agencies to proactively market our owners’ holiday accommodation.

One of our recent initiatives has been to establish collaborations with over 2,300 UK golf clubs.

We’re doing this to directly promote our “Fairway Collection” of golf holiday accommodation, which is suitable for golf clubs to recommend to their members.

To help us achieve this, we’ve just undertaken an extensive e-marketing survey targeting club secretaries at each UK golf club.

As an incentive to generate as many completed survey responses as possible, we offered a prize of five nights free accommodation in one of our “Fairway Collection” apartments during the Volvo World MatchPlay Championships,which takes place Oct 29th – Nov 1st 2009.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who participated in the survey.

The answers and opinions we received proved extremely valuable to us as we plan how best to collaborate with UK Golf Clubs so that we can offer our range of quality-assured golf holiday rental accommodation to their members.

Now the news you’ve all been waiting for…

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of our prize draw to win 5 nights free accommodation during this year’s Volvo World MatchPlay tournament is Debbie Haines, the Secretary of West Chiltington Golf Club, Nr Horsham in Sussex, England.

On finding out she’d won, Debbie commented “I am delighted that I have won this prize and am really looking forward to trying out the fantastic golf courses along the Costa del Sol. It’s always good to receive the accommodation special offers from HolidayRentalontheWeb and we often put them on the notice board so that the members can take advantage of them, so I was happy to complete their survey. Now I am really pleased I did! I look forward to meeting the team when I am over in Spain.”

So congratulations Debbie and we hope you enjoy your stay with us here on the Costa del Sol!

To view the ‘Fairway Collection’ of golf accommodation and book online, visit www.holidayrentalontheweb.com, or call 00 34 952 83 95 95 for more information.

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